Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Groups.
The Groups feature allows a teacher to assign teachers and students to a group within a course. Participants in a course can belong to more than one group (Moodle 1.6 onwards). Specific activities can be given to specific groups by the teacher.
The Groups edit page has three columns:
- People in the course - both assigned and unassigned participants.
- Groups - A list of groups available for this course.
- Members of selected group - When you select a group this column will display the members of that group
Underneath each column are the options for that column.
To create new groups, type the group name in the text box and click the adjacent Add new group button. You can add a description to this group using the Edit group settings button.
To add a participant(s) to a group you need to select their name in the first column (use shift or ctrl for multiple selections), select the group you wish to add them to from the centre column, and then click the Add selected to group -> button.
To remove participants from a group, select the appropriate group to view members, select the participants to remove and click the Remove selected members button.
The group mode can be defined at two levels:
- Course level - the group mode defined at the course level is the default mode for all activities defined within that course. This is determined in the course settings
- Activity level - each activity that supports groups can also have its own group mode defined. If the course setting "Force group mode" is set to "Yes" then the option to define the group mode for individual activities is not available i.e. there is no Groups icon next to activities on the course page.
There are three group modes:
- No groups
- There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community.
- Separate groups
- Each group can only see their own group, others are invisible.
- Visible groups
- Each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups.
Groups in Moodle 1.8 onwards
In Moodle 1.8, the concept of Groupings is introduced: a way of organizing various groups in a hierarchical structure. While this approach may prove to be more powerful, using groups is no longer as intuitive. For example, a teacher teaches four sections of the same class. The teacher could have 4 groupings (i.e. one for each section). Within those sections the teacher could assign various students to various groups within the groupings. To add a student to a group, the teacher must first create a grouping, then create a group in the grouping and then assign users to the group.
When the user clicks on the Add/Remove users button, they are brought to the Assign users to group page with a list of the potential users that can be added to the group. The user then has the option of hitting the return button to go back and view the groupings, groups in groupings and the members of the groups.